Mark Jones
Road Test Editor
5 minute read
22 Jan 2020
9:15 am

Real-deal Ford Ranger Raptor has the claws to grip

Mark Jones

Accessories of choice centre around Raptor-ising the Ranger – and by this I mean you add a bunch of stickers and some body trim. But they are not Ford Raptors.

A brief Raptor history lesson: Way back in 2010 in the US, the Ford Special Vehicle Team debuted the Raptor nameplate on the F-150, the smallest Ford “truck” you could get in that country at the time. Nowadays, the Raptor continues under the Ford Performance division, but back then, in the “bigger is better” era, the standard engine was a 231 kW, 5.4-litre V8 with the optional 302 kW, 6.2-litre V8 becoming the only choice later in its life cycle. The second generation F-150 Raptor dumped the much-loved V8s in a greener world and now runs the 336 kW, 3.5-litre...